Ken Paxton to Newsmax TV: Trump Social Media Bans ‘Very Concerning’

Ken Paxton to Newsmax TV: Trump Social Media Bans 'Very Concerning' ​ (Newsmax TV's "John Bachman Now")

Thursday, 14 January 2021 03:10 PM

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday called it "very concerning" five big tech firms all shut down President Donald Trump's social media accounts in the wake of the deadly Capitol Building siege.

In an interview on Newsmax TV's "John Bachman Now," Paxton elaborated on his Wednesday civil investigation demands on Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Web Services, and Apple, asking for their policies and practices on content moderation.

"It's very concerning to see what happened with many of these companies — Facebook and Google and Apple shutting down Parler, competition for Twitter," Paxton told Bachman.

"And so we want to understand what their practices are, how they made this decision to figure out if they potentially violated state and federal law."

Both Facebook and Twitter banned Trump on those platforms, arguing he had posted unproven and misleading information on the 2020 election. Google then dropped conservative-friendly Parler, and Apple and Amazon followed suit a day later.

Paxton also defended the arrest Wednesday of campaign worker Raquel Rodriguez — who was seen in an undercover Project Veritas video in September appearing to persuade a woman to change her vote.

She faces charges of election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot.

"These election fraud cases are often difficult to prove, because you have so much research that has to be done," Paxton told Bachman. "To actually have somebody admit on a video that they are conducting election fraud to mail in ballots in that they've done it, I think, she said, 7,000 times — this is pretty significant, and it does show that this happens in Texas and likely other states."

"She apparently was working with other people," he added. "I think, as the investigation goes forward, as the prosecution goes forward, hopefully we'll find out more about how they do this. Certainly, we have other election fraud cases that we've prosecuted where there were multiple people involved."

Paxton told Bachman election fraud might be more likely with mail-in balloting in the future.

"This could happen more often," he said. "There's no doubt that mail-in ballot fraud creates many more issues with election integrity with fraud."

In Texas, he said, "you have to show a photo identification."

"If you eliminate signature verification," he added, "it's very hard to verify."

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